HOW TO: Enter and Exit Scenes 🧊

Code for it:

@CHARACTER enters from SIDE to POSITION

SIDE: left, right

POSITION:

Example using code:

@YOU enters from left to screen center

Another example, adding time (the S stands for a number, in seconds):

@CHARACTER enters from SIDE to POSITION in S

@YOU enters from left to screen center in 2

Another Example adding a walking animation:

@CHARACTER enters from SIDE to POSITION AND CHARACTER does it while walking_animation

@YOU enters from left to screen center AND YOU does it while walk_neutral

Example adding time and animation together:

@CHARACTER enters from SIDE to POSITION in S AND CHARACTER does it while walking_animation

@YOU enters from left to screen center in 2 AND YOU does it while walk_neutral

And now for exiting:

@CHARACTER exits SIDE

Example:
@YOU exits left

Exiting, adding time, where S stands for a number, in seconds:

@CHARACTER exits SIDE in S

Example using this:

@YOU exits left in 2.2

Exiting doing a walking animation:

@CHARACTER exits SIDE AND CHARACTER does it while walking_animation

Example using this:

@YOU exits left AND YOU does it while walk_neutral_offset_loop

Exiting using time and a walking animation:

@CHARACTER exits SIDE in S AND CHARACTER does it while walking_animation

Example using this:

@YOU exits left in 2.2 AND YOU does it while walk_neutral_offset_loop

Some codes for walking backwards (Code 1 for walking backwards goes hand in hand with code 1 for exiting backwards while code 2 for walking backwards goes hand in hand with code 2 for exiting backwards):

@YOU enters from left to screen center in 1.9 AND YOU faces left AND YOU does it while walk_neutral

@YOU enters from right to screen center in 1.7 AND YOU faces right AND YOU does it while walk_neutral

Some codes for exiting backwards:

@YOU exits right in 1.9 AND YOU faces left AND YOU does it while walk_neutral_offset_loop

@YOU exits left in 1.7 AND YOU faces right AND YOU does it while walk_neutral_offset_loop

A mini-template for walking backwards using spot directing:

@YOU spot 1.280 50 0 AND YOU faces left

YOU (talk_shrug_neutral)
Watch me walk backwards.

@YOU walks to spot 1.280 270 0 in 1.3 AND YOU faces left AND YOU does it while walk_neutral

Please check out: Tip: Conversion between Main Positions to Spots (very helpful and it’s where I got the spot directing values I used in the example above from) & HOW TO: Stage Direction & Script Symbols/Commands and What They're Used For (Joseph Evans has a tutorial on entering and exiting, instead of does it while, he uses is. You can read more about it in script symbols). Also, check out this tutorial on walking with spot direction: Spot Walking (Walking w/Spot Direction) (from there, you can also read the thread on spot directing, there’s a link there). Also, check out: HOW TO: Move Characters / Overlays to the Layers as you can include AND CHAR moves to layer # as part of your entering scene or walking to a spot/position scene. # stands for a number BTW, so remember to replace it with a numerical value. In addition, the examples I used were for limelight, however this works in ink, too, just the walking animations will be different. If you want your character to slide, use a non-walking animation and if you want them to go fast, make the seconds less than 1 (e.x 0.5, 0.3, 0.8, etc.) but not less than 0 since seconds can’t go backwards. But you can include whole numbers, in addition to decimal points for your seconds.

OK, that’s all for now and thanks for checking this out XOXO :kiss:

See you soon <3 <3 <3 :walking_woman: :sparkles: :sparkling_heart:

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Lovely Jem :partying_face: So handy, beginners will love this

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Please help! I’m trying to create a story on my computer, I used to make them on my mobile and now I’m really struggling! I can’t get my character to enter the screen at all. I’ve watched so many tutorial and I still can’t seem to make it happen?!

Here’s and example of why I typed
@GRACE enters from left to screen left - nothing I’ve added @pause for 2/ 3 so it’s not that’s it’s going to fast
I’ve also tried
@GRACE enters from left to screen center AND GRACE does it’s while walk_sad_loop still nothing and obvi I tried
@GRACE stands center in zone one. No character on screen at all??? Helpp
I saw online I needed to type set format spotlight but still not change please help x

I’ll start off simple:

Code for it:

@CHARACTER enters from SIDE to POSITION

*replace SIDE with either left or right and replace POSITION with ones that exist (shown below) and replace CHARACTER’s name with yours

SIDE: left, right

POSITION:

The background positions:
back far left
back left
back right
back far right

The foreground positions:
screen left
screen right
screen center
upscreen right
upscreen left

Example using code:

@YOU enters from left to screen center

Still no Luck! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong I am typing @GRACE enters from left to screen left-and still she won’t appear in my episode!!!

To make her go slower add seconds (in S) for example:

@GRACE enters from left to screen left in 5

She will enter in 5 seconds. S can be any number, including decimals like 7.6, and 0 (not negative though)

@GRACE enters from left to screen center AND GRACE does it while walk_sad_loop

@GRACE stands screen center in zone 1

If your story is set in spotlight format, she won’t come in from the screen. You need to be in cinematic, full body format. Can read more here: HOW TO: Spotlight Format

So annoying how difficult I am finding this :joy::joy: I have selected spotlight, and have created all of my characters and am typing everything your saying but she still won’t come into the screen:/

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If you choose spotlight and you try resetting it to set format cinematic and it doesn’t work, then you’ll have to create a new story and select full body display.

My whole script -

-Set format spotlight
INT.BLACK-NIGHT
NARRATOR
-MY DIALOG -
@pause for a beat
INT . ROUGE KITCHEN -DAY
@pan zone 2
@ pan zone 1
All that’s works fine.
@GRACE enters from left to screen left in 5- won’t work at all???

@pause for 7

INT.BLACK-NIGHT
NARRATOR

  • my Outro dialog -

set format spotlight is used only for if you want characters to appear in blue bubbles. If you want characters to walk on screen and move around physically, you’ll need to use set format cinematic

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Okay thank that makes more sense, but still she isn’t coming in to the screen???

Sorry I’m a compleat noob but I really want to get the hang of how to make episodes!!

It’s fine, dw we all start somewhere :heart:

When you first selected your story, after you choose a style, did you pick spotlight or full body display (cinematic)? Because if you chose spotlight, that can be your problem. You might need to make a new story, select carefully and choose full body display (cinematic).

Also make sure your character exists and you use their script name.

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I defo picked spot light and when I go to edit my episode it says I have picked - story type: episode original /story style: episode limelight

When you say exists what do you mean Under the preview side I can see all of my characters names /animations but I just can’t get them on the screw @Grace is my main character and i did select that when I made her so I’m real frustrated !!!